When you live in the Great Lake State there are no shortage of beautiful sandy beaches. Surprisingly, I never spent much time at them as a kid. But when I met my husband and spent a couple of years living in a picturesque town set on the shores of Lake Michigan I fell in love with it’s beachy atmosphere. I mean really, who can resist white sandy beaches complete with a walk out pier and light house?
Even though we have moved away we anxiously look forward to the summer months when we can go back again to play. I remember the first time Maddilyn saw the beach. How she ran into the water, seemingly unaware of the cold temperature. The way she let the sand sift between her fingers like it was something magical. Now that it’s warm again she has been begging to go back. I thought, what better way to celebrate the first day of summer and longest day of the year than to spend it at the beach?
After all, making memories building sand castles and frolicking about in the water is what summer is made for. Disappointingly, the first day of summer brought with it 70 degree temperatures and a bit of wind. But like the first time, as soon as Maddilyn touched her toes to the water she was oblivious to anything else. We spent the day making memories, digging our toes in the sand, kicking at incoming waves and running up and down the shores chasing them.
For a toddler there are very few things that can ruin a day at the beach – but it isn’t fool proof. In order to keep the memories happy we keep our beach bag stocked with a few essentials. Without them it’s only a matter of time before the day quickly dissolves in tears.
Our 4 Beach Bag Essentials:
Even on a cloudy day gets can get a sun burn. The best rule of sunscreen is to reapply, reapply, reapply.
It isn’t long before kids come out of the water wrinkled like prunes. But no matter how much Maddilyn may marvel at the wrinkles in her hands or shiver at the cold she absolutely insist that she doesn’t want to come home. Fun activities in the sand are the best way to get them out of the water and into the sun.
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